Accuracy in Media

After chants of “Lock Her Up,” a peaceful pro-Trump protester was harassed, assaulted and then arrested at last Saturday’s Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. Police told me to back off as I recorded their rough treatment of Rita Solon, a local resident, who was simply holding a “Make America Great Again” banner and walking back and forth.

Later, Solon says she was harshly treated in a Washington, D.C. jail by police and suffered serious injuries on the inside of her left arm that required her to be taken to the hospital, as well as other related injuries. This happened, she said, when police pulled her from her cell with such force that they broke a bone in her elbow. The injuries required her to be taken to the George Washington Medical Center emergency room for treatment in a waist chain with handcuffs and leg irons.

Solon says she was taunted by the guards about Trump and was held for over 50 hours on what she feels were false arrest charges.

Ironically, she was arrested in front of the Newseum, the national news museum dedicated to the First Amendment right of free speech and assembly, on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.

This photograph of serious injuries on the inside of the left arm of pro-Trump protester Rita Solon was taken within in the courthouse after more than 50 hours in jail.

In another irony, the fascist-like treatment of Solon—who was jostled and hit at least twice by climate activists—occurred as signs in the background proclaimed opposition to the “fascist” Trump administration.

Although the incident was witnessed and photographed by literally dozens of journalists and activists, my video is apparently the only recording of what actually transpired that has been made publicly available. It was posted on the Internet last Saturday.

While Solon was attacked for displaying a Trump banner, various communist and socialist groups openly sold their literature during the event. Popular titles included the Communist Manifesto and Demand the Impossible, a new book by former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

Solon appeared on the scene about an hour before the demonstrators started marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. At first she was in an area that had been cordoned off by organizers wearing T-shirts with the title of “staff” on the back. A Washington, D.C. police officer can be seen grabbing her and forcing her outside of this area. After telling the police she had a right to be there, she returned. She then began walking from one side of the street to the other, displaying her banner. Staffers and other individuals, including one with a media badge, surrounded her and followed her closely in an apparent effort to impede and block her movements. She evades these efforts and continually attempts to move away from them.

These activities were allowed to continue for some time, before police again approached Solon, informing her that she had to leave or be arrested. When she refused to leave, saying she had the right to her views and to demonstrate as well, she was arrested. She was then taken away to await the arrival of a police van instead of being placed in one of the police cars in the area.

At the time of her arrest, as can be seen in the video, there was no explanation from the police as to what she had done wrong or what the charge against her was. I asked repeatedly what the charge was. I told the police that they were arresting her in front of a building that had the wording of the First Amendment plastered on the front. Later, police said Solon had been charged with spitting, a form of assault. She can be heard saying that those who assaulted her by physically hitting her should be arrested, too.

This reporter, who recorded the entire series of events, saw no evidence of Solon spitting on anybody. Instead, the video shows that she was punched by an unidentified staff member of the climate march as she walked by with her Trump banner, and was then assaulted by an unidentified activist in sympathy with the march who slammed into her in order to disrupt her peaceful protest.

When the latter incident occurred, a staffer walked over to the activist, warning him not to do that again. However, there was no indication that the activist was asked for his name or that the name was turned over to the police so that assault charges could be lodged against him. I asked the activist why he hit a woman, and I got no response.

Within minutes of her being arrested, I told the police that I had video of her being physically assaulted and offered to give them a copy of the video so they could identify the person in question who assaulted her. I also provided my business card to the police. I have not heard back from them.

Solon was clearly an annoyance to the organizers of the Peoples Climate March. Their event had an anti-Trump cast and they didn’t want pro-Trump people anywhere around it. Solon was somebody they did not want to see.

On the other hand, various socialist, communist, and radical Muslim groups were allowed to participate.

Solon was exercising her First Amendment rights, as others were doing, and did not interfere with the activities of anybody there to protest Trump. The “Lock Her Up” chant was greeted with excitement from the left-wing protesters. In fact, this command was apparently what the organizers gave to the police to remove Solon from the scene. They acted as enforcers of political correctness.

All of what I have described in this article occurred before the marchers started moving down Pennsylvania Avenue, so it cannot be argued that Solon was somehow interfering with the actual demonstration.

This incident appears to be another case of left-wing political violence allowed, and even sanctioned, by a local police department.

As I recorded the treatment of this woman by the police, one officer seemed to take offense to my interest in the case, telling me to back away as I was recording the event. One wondered if Rita Solon and I were in cahoots and whether she was my wife.

In fact, I had never seen or met her before in my life. I had acquired press credentials to cover the march by registering in advance with the organizers and had a press badge visible at all times. I used the camera completely unaware that a woman who only wanted to wave a Trump banner would be subjected to such brutal treatment.

The public has a right to a factual record of what actually transpired.




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Comments

  • Ima Barber

    I’m afraid the swamp is a lot deeper than President Trump thought.

  • satelliter

    The reason bad people get away with bad things is because the good people do nothing.

  • Oldchopper

    D.C. is “The Swamp”, so it’s no surprise that this “Jackboot” tactic was used there.

  • taptoudt

    Something smells fishy here

  • Richard Frick

    Support of Civil disobedience by the Racist Left Is beyond despicable. Allowing and encouraging their destructive and abusive activities is dragging the entire Country to a head of a boil. The PC’s need to stand up and take action.

  • Republic of western canada

    You are seeing the second civil war folks. The left vs the liberals, conservatives and all other who give a damn about our countries. Soros and Hillary speed up the war this coming monday. Its time we take back our media, our tax dollars, our liberty, and our freedom from the corruptocrats.

  • mjmaf

    Gee sounds like THESE police are in on it! She pays their salaries and they only protect certain anti-American Commies, while physically injuring a Real American! Something really stinks here! Maybe we need to have better screening of those who wish to wear the blue!

  • Marsha Thompson

    National Guard…it’s time!!! As the brave Captain Parker said on Lexington Green
    STAND YOUR GROUND
    DONT FIRE UNLESS FIRED UPON
    BUT IF THEY MEAN TO HAVE A WAR
    LET IT BEGIN HERE

  • jug

    “The left vs the liberals”????
    Are you sure you know what you sre talking about???

    I like your “corruptocrats”, but you totally forgot the “commiecrats”!

  • Marcus D Hadley

    The political left isn’t opposed to free speech – just the kind that is irresponsible, hateful and fact-free. Now, which speech is that, you may ask? Why, it’s whatever the LEFT says it is! Glad we could clear that up.

  • Colorado Conservative

    I watched this video with complete admiration for this woman holding her Trump banner and absolute disgust as to how she was treated. Just the fact she was willing to go inside enemy lines with no others to support her is deserving of an award. Please let her know this Mr. Kincaid if you have contact with her. And keep on exposing the far left whack jobs and communists here in America.

  • Peter

    I saw the video and also read Lt. Col. (retired) Allen West’s article about ‘Fortune favours the bold’. I have to say, that woman Rita Solon has got more balls than Donald Trump, who seems limp, flaccid even, now he realizes who really is running America ‘the sceptre of rulers’ king of Babylon under which he is simply a ‘shade’ in its shadow.
    Get with it Trump, you’ve got that woman behind you, at the same time leading you. She is made of the stuff that balls are made of. Follow her!

  • John

    Under Ovomit we came close to the numbers of the great depression!
    “In October 2009, the official unemployment rate (U-3) reached its height of 10.2 percent. There were 15.7 million unemployed among 153.98 million in the labor force. Add to that the 2.4 million marginally attached, including 808,000 discouraged workers, and you get a U-5 rate of 11.6 percent. Then add in the 9.3 million part-time workers who preferred full-time, and you get the U-6 rate of 17.5 percent. That gives a better sense of 2009 unemployment.”

  • Taqyia2Me – Delporibus Unum

    Amen

  • mioahu

    He is actually right, the left is fighting against everybody, including liberals. Liberalism used to be conservative, all the “conservative” parties in Europe are called “liberal” (i know coming from Europe it doesn’t say much)… The smart liberals realize the left has taken over their party, and there is no tolerance for anything but super leftist views, and may of them are experiencing it first hand . I have many friends who are life long liberals and for the first time in their life voted against the democrats, and the reason given was ” the f….ing leftists took over my party” ….but that’s good, cause it will only cause real liberals to switch parties, there is nothing liberal in the “democratic” leftist party… Bernie, Pocahontas, Perez, Elliott, need I say more ?

  • MirrorKrys

    I remember during the “women’s” march – DC police wearing those pink hats. Disgusting. There needs to be an investigation of the DC police for this assault on a citizen and she should SUE them.

  • JustAGirlInTheWorld

    That is awful!!

  • Will Traynor

    Cliff,
    The only irony here is that you support a criminal. Solon violently attacked volunteers handing out water bottles at the march who were paying no attention to her. Of course, you edited out the portion containing her crimes to create your fake news story, If you are committed to free speech as you claim, you should be condemning Solon for engaging in criminal conduct.
    So this woman is not the hero you portray her to be, she is just another Trump supporter, like those at his rallies, who assault those with different opinions, The only difference is she got caught!